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God’s Miracles in Jonah

Told Jonah, Go to Nineveh and call out against it [command]

But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea [miracle]

the sea ceased from raging, after they threw Jonah off the boat [miracle]

The Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah [miracle]

The Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah out [command and miracle]

Told Jonah again, go to Nineveh and give my message [command]

God relented of the disaster after He saw they [all] had turned from their evil ways [miracle, that they all turned from evil]

The Lord said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry?

The Lord God appointed a plant to shade Jonahs head [miracle]

the next day, God appointed a worm to attack the plant [miracle]

when the sun rose God appointed a scorching east wind [miracle]

God said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry for the plant?

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” [command]

~~

We are looking at a book about the minor prophets in our sunday school class, next week was about Jonah.

It got me thinking about how we like to categorize miracles into believable and unbelievable.

The ones that are believable are the ones we, in our finite little minds, can think of a good natural cause for the miracle.

The unbelievable ones we we can’t grasp in our brains, but they still happened.

In Jonah, God created and stopped storms, ok, we can believe that one, it happens. And stops the storm, ok, that happens too.

But we get to God had a fish shallow Jonah whole and then TOLD the fish to spit the dude back up.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, this cannot happen in real life! We have to get all scientific about it, trying to figure out how he lived, was he bleached by the stomach acid, how did he survive, etc?

God then had mercy on ALL the Ninevites and did not destroy them. God said in His Word, ALL them repented, so He saved ALL of them.

Why do we have to conclude, just from our sinful knowledge, that maybe ALL of them did not, just the officials and people surrounding him? Why can’t we surmise

sur·mise
verb
sərˈmīz/
1.
suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.
“he surmised that something must be wrong”
synonyms: guess, conjecture, suspect, deduce, infer, conclude, theorize, speculate, divine; More
noun
noun: surmise; plural noun: surmises
sərˈmīz,ˈsərˌmīz/
1.
a supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it.
“Charles was glad to have his surmise confirmed”

that the text is just as simple as that, ALL repented.

When God appointed a plant to grow and a worm to kill it, we gotta get all crazy trying to figure out what kind of native plant grows naturally fast in Nineveh. Why couldn’t God just grow any darn plant He wanted?

No one mentions anything about the scorching wind either, its just par for the course there.

Why do we believe some miracles and not others?

If we truly believe that God ‘wrote’ the bible, that everything in the bible He wanted in the bible, in spite of sinful man, then maybe we should take a more careful consideration of all the miracles, big and small, that Our Lord hath done.

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One Response

  1. Good stuff, Kristina.

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